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21 Apr 2015 description

21 April 2015, Cairo, Egypt – WHO warns of an imminent collapse of health care services in Yemen. Health facilities are struggling to function as they face increasing shortages of life-saving medicines and vital health supplies, frequent disruptions in power supply and lack of fuel for generators. Lack of fuel has also disrupted functionality of ambulances and the delivery of health supplies across the country.

17 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

By Joe Dyke and Almigdad Mojalli

AMMAN/SANA'A, 16 April 2015 (IRIN) - A ban on shipping in Yemeni waters is worsening a severe fuel shortage that could have a devastating impact on public health.

Three weeks into a Saudi-led bombing campaign against Houthi rebels and with intense fighting continuing on the ground, the country is close to running out of fuel.

16 Apr 2015 description
  • 12 April marked 60 years since Jonas Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) was launched, enabling children to be protected against polio for the first time. Read more.
  • The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) is meeting this week in Geneva, and will review the current epidemiological situation for polio and provide updates on readiness for oral polio vaccine withdrawal.
15 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF continued to respond to the measles outbreak; 5,647 children (6 months to 15 years) have been vaccinated in Erigavo District in the northern Sanaag region.

  • The outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea in Jowhar District, in Middle Shabelle region has been successfully responded to highlighting the positive joint collaboration between WASH and health partners.

  • Armed clashes in Guri Ceel and Galgala caused temporary population displacement; inter-agency assessments are planned for March.

31 Mar 2015 description
report Miraya FM

The State ministry of health this week launched a 3 day door-to-door vaccination campaign for all children under the age of 5 years.

The campaign that ends today, targets more than three hundred thousand (300.000) children in all six counties.

The state manager of the expanded programme on immunization, George Alzenio Legge, says the vaccinators have so far covered 90% of the areas identified.

28 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  1. A new cholera outbreak was reported in Ikotos Country, Eastern Equatoria State with 43 cases and three deaths (CFR 7%) being reported between 11 and 19 February. Health partners swiftly contained the outbreak.

  2. Health partners conducted the first round of National Immunisation Days (NID) targeting 3.35 million children below 5 years.

  3. A total of 105 deaths have been reported at internally displaced persons (IDP) camps since 1 January 2015 - less than a third of the 390 deaths reported at the same time in 2014.

27 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Following the release of 654 children formerly associated with the Cobra Faction in Lekuangole, part of the Greater Pibor Administrative Area, the total number of released children is now 1,314. Released boys, and now three girls, continue to receive interim care, psychosocial support and family tracing services. Community-based monitoring systems are in place to provide family tracing and post-reunification support for around 200 children who have now returned home; as well as to identify, and help prevent, possible future re-recruitment.

24 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 March 2015

Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.

17 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 March 2015

Vanuatu: 24 people are confirmed dead so far after Tropical Cyclone Pam hit on 13 March. Shefa, Tafea, Malampa, and Penama are among the worst affected provinces. Access challenges are significant.

Cameroon: The number of people internally displaced in the north has almost doubled since 10 February, to 117,000. This brings the number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the rest from the Central African Republic.

16 Mar 2015 description

This report is produced by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from January to 31 December 2015. It was first issued on 19 November 2014 and updated on 5 March 2015.

Situation Overview

CONTEXT AND HUMANITARIAN NEEDS

13 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Since its launch end March 2014, UNICEF has completed 40 Rapid Response Missions (RRMs), reaching a total of 705,000 people including 144,000 children under five. In 2015, the RRM remains a critical response model to provide humanitarian assistance in hard to reach areas. Since the start of the year, six RRM missions have been completed in northern Jonglei and northern Unity States, reaching over 102,000 people, including 17,000 children under five. Two missions are currently underway in Kuach and Nimni in Guit County, Unity State.

13 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 10 March, the Special Representative of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral (SRSG) and head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loej, and the United States Chargé D’Affaires, Mr. Charles Twining, visited Malakal. “I expressed my grave concerns about the forcible recruitment of boys recently at the Wau Shilluk village near Malakal and elsewhere in Upper Nile State,” Ms. Loej said.

10 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • On 20 January the Federal Government of Somalia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a clear reflection of its commitment towards protecting and promoting the rights of its children and a major milestone following years of advocacy by UNICEF and other UN and international partners.

  • UNICEF continued to respond to the measles outbreak through support to delivery of routine immunization services.

10 Mar 2015 description

Iraq: 26,000 people have fled fighting between Islamic State and Iraqi security forces in Tikrit for Samarra. Food, shelter, health and WASH needs are priorities. More than 100 families have arrived in Al Dour, located between Tikrit and Samarra, and thousands have fled to central and southern governorates.

South Sudan: Heavy fighting between government and opposition was reported in Upper Nile state, and government troops took control of Wadakona town. Many civilians are reported trapped. Peace talks have collapsed.

06 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • In Bentiu Protection of Civilians site,12, 018 children were screened for malnutrition, identifying a proxy global acute malnutrition rate of 12.5 per cent - an improvement since the previous screening in December (proxy GAM 18.8 per cent).

  • An initial rapid needs assessment is under way in Nimni, Unity State.

  • For the first time in nearly 18 months a humanitarian convoy has arrived in Maban, Upper Nile State, from Juba.

4.1 million People to be assisted by the end of 2015

06 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 05 March, the South Sudan President, Mr. Salva Kiir, and the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), Mr. Riek Machar, failed to meet the deadline set by regional mediators for the two sides to strike a final and comprehensive peace deal.